We descended the Cruise Gully which involves this inital short 4th class downclimb section and later, two rappels
Handily, the rappels were already fixed with static line
A 30 second time exposure showing the south rim just before sunrise. We left camp around 5:30am to beat the heat a bit
Daniel nears the end of the initial long rappel
Another 30 second time exposure shot further down the gully. Brighter now.
To get to the start of our planned route, Journey Home, there's about 250 feet of low fifth class climbing. Since the first pitch of the route is 5.9R, we figured soloing this would be a good way to get our minds in shape for the R rated climbing.
A tricky step around and then we're on the good ledge to start the route
Showing the first pitch, 5.9R. Follow the left trending pegmatite band to the small corner/roof where you get your first good gear. Then move back right on positive jugs but in runout terrain.
Following the first pitch. I really enjoyed the pitch. A bit necky but not scary followed by fun, committing moves past a small pegmatite roof
Daniel stemming for glory on pitch 2
Daniel shortened pitch 2 allowing me to get the 5.9 chimney to 5.10 roof move above. It was a wild and awesome pitch.
Daniel heading up the nice finger crack on pitch 3
Above the corner was some fun and juggy pematite climbing
Daniel coming up the sustained 5.10 pitch 4. Pretty full on for 130'. I had only a few pieces of gear on the rack when I got to the belay
One last oomph on pitch 4
It worked out, now, that Daniel got the 5.9 offwidth pitch. Looking confident early on in the pitch
Meanwhile, back at the gigantic belay ledge, I'm sunbathing
This was the last I saw Daniel for a while as he entered and grunted through the 5.9 OW. It was burly.
The Journey Home route tops out at this overlook putting us squarely on the wrong side of the fence. Very cool to top out at the rim.